Your Monday Morning Pep Talk
Are you feeling defeated? Exhausted? In a rut? Need some motivation on this Monday morning? It’s ok. I’ve been there. We all have. It’s no surprise that Mondays are tough. Did you know there’s actual psychology to back up our feeling of dread? Experts explain why Mondays are so psychologically hard. Some reasons include that Mondays bring a lost sense of freedom and an abrupt interruption to the natural body rhythm we so easily adopt over a weekend.
As a result, sometimes you need a reminder that YOU CAN DO HARD THINGS! So, friend, I’m here to tell you that YOU can do hard things. Take a deep breath, remember what or who you are doing it for, and get it done. Baby steps add up to create monumental moments! YOU GOT THIS!
But, if that pep talk wasn’t enough for you – here’s 5 ways to ease into the dreaded Monday:
5 Monday Morning Motivation Tips
Don’t Wait Until Monday to Prep for the Week Ahead
While this may be easier said than done, you won’t regret taking some time on Friday or Sunday to look at your week ahead. Make note of where adjustments might be necessary, or of particularly overwhelming meetings or appointments. And then, make sure you set aside enough time to mentally and physically prepare for those.
Set Your Monday Mindset with a Positive Tone
Shift your thinking. Instead of playing negative thoughts in your mind on repeat about Monday, play positive thoughts. An example might be, replace “ugh, it’s Monday already?!” with “it’s Monday, here’s to a fresh, new week.” Or maybe when you feel that sense of dread coming on for Monday, pause for a moment and think about (or write out) some wins from the prior week, no matter how small. Shifting your mindset to remember victories from the past week will get your upcoming week off on a positive note.
Utilize Your Calendar Smartly and Don’t Jam Pack Your Mondays When Avoidable
I can’t stress this one enough. DO NOT OVER SCHEDULE your Monday. Believe me, you and your colleagues will thank you later. If you do not already use a planner or calendar, get yourself one ASAP. When you preview your upcoming week if you notice your schedule overflowing on Monday, rearrange it wherever possible. Leave yourself time for mental breaks throughout the day. Use your calendar as your friend not your over zealous dictator.
Science shows that physical movement benefits your health and attitude in such positive ways. Make time to treat yourself to a brisk walk, run or yoga class. Take short 5 minute breaks throughout your day to stretch at your desk, walk up the stairs in your building or do some jumping jacks in your office.
Take Mindfulness Breaks
Prioritize mental breaks as well. Take 5 minutes to pause, look away from a screen and take 5 deep breaths. Another option, take 5 minutes to pause, close your eyes and create an image in your mind of your happy place. I often pause throughout my day and say a quick internal prayer. I find a 5 minute mindfulness break very rewarding. Do this multiple times throughout your day.
So, Happy Monday, friends! You are off to a good start, already. Monday morning motivation ~ check!
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